11 months ago
February 24, 2014
I can sum up "Thrown for a Curve" by describing it as being amazing with laughs along the way! This was a first book I've read by Sugar Jamison and it had my sides hurting by laughing so hard! There were some bumps along the way, but this was a phenomenal read and I definitely see myself adding this book to my collection!
Cherri (Charlotte) Rudy is a 22 year old 6 foot tall girl who is an extraordinary painter and has a kick ass personality. She is very giving and would do anything for her friends and family. Since her mother left her as a child, she was raised by her grandparents. However, her grandfather died some time ago so her Ukrainian Grandma "Baba" was the person there for her. Baba is hilariously funny! I loved her, I could see myself getting along with her just nicely. Baba doesn't care what anyone thinks, she says what's on her mind. She admits that she's old so she will do what she wants. She says some of the oddest phrases: my favorites being: "We can be friends with insurance" - aka friends with benefits! Or "Stay away or I'll cut off your acorns" - aka cut off your nuts!
Cherri works at Size Me Up and there meets the owners Ellis and Belinda. They are a great group of girls and they immediately became friends. Ellis is married with Mike, and through Mike she meets Colin O'Connell.
Colin O'Connell is a 34 year old Irish man who owns his own restoration shop called Stone Barley Restorations. He's a tad shy and like Cherri, didn't have the best upbringing as a child. His mother left him when he was a baby and his father was the biggest womanizer, not able to hold a girl very long. After Colin found his father having sex with own girlfriend, he went to America and met another girl named Serena who he thought he would eventually marry. However, when coming home early one weekend he found out that she also was having affairs behind his back. So he thought he would never ever settle down.
Colin and Cherri met and immediately he had an attraction for the tall bombshell. She never thought of herself as pretty or sexy considering her curves or height, but Colin thought otherwise. He never considered going out with her due to the 12 year age difference; he thought she deserved someone closer to his age. However, Colin was there to help her on some occasions: when her dog ran away, gave her a little extra money by hiring her to paint some restoration items at his shop, assisted when Baba was having some medical problems, and one night when a date Cherri went on went horribly wrong. That night Colin saved her and things between them forever changed.
There are several plot twists in ways I never expected, and I found myself laughing more often than not. At times I got misty eyed (which hardly happens in books), and I even found myself cursing as someone from the past comes to make some trouble. Colin and Cherri were so stubborn at times that I just wanted to smack them! Thrown for a Curve is really the perfect name for this book! I couldn't put it down!! Cherri and Colin were the perfect friends and every good relationship is based off friendship so it just warmed my heart when I was reading about the passion they both had. I look forward to reading more books by Sugar!